AFL premiership-winning coach Damien Hardwick's new lover wanted a statue erected in his honour.
Less than a year before Tigers sales rep Alexandra Crow hooked up with her idol, Crow could barely contain her admiration for the Richmond coach.
In July 2019, Crow hit footy forum BigFooty.com to praise her soon-to-be lover after he reached a coaching milestone on par with Richmond legend Jack Dyer.
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Dustin Martin and Damien Hardwick celebrate victory after the 2019 AFL Grand Final
Damien Hardwick (pictured with wife Danielle and the AFL premiership cup) has steered the Tigers to three premierships in four seasons
'Hi @damienhardwick, first time caller long time listener. Just wondering when you will be getting a statue,' she wrote.
The post, along with all of Ms Crow's social media pages, has since been removed as word of the scandal broke.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the relationship has caused waves across the AFL, but nowhere more than at rival club Carlton.
A source told Daily Mail Australia Crow had been in a long-term relationship with a Carlton executive, whom she owned property with.
Records show she purchased the $1.2 million Ascot Vale home in May 2019.
Hardwick and Crow have not been spotted together since just before Christmas when they were seen looking stressed at a rooftop pub in Melbourne.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Sources have suggested Hardwick's wife Danielle learned of the affair after travelling to the Queensland hub with her daughter during Richmond's premiership winning 2020 season.
It is understood she left the hub distraught.
Hardwick is believed to have travelled back to Melbourne with Crow before shacking up with her in trendy Elwood.
Daily Mail Australia has been told Tigers' bosses had been worried about Hardwick since well before the COVID-19 lockdown began in March.
In Konrad Marshall's book The Hard Way: The Story of Richmond's 13th premiership, it was claimed Hardwick was so incensed about the lockdown he would tear COVID-19 posters down from the walls at Punt Road.
The book claimed Richmond CEO Brendon Gale had to tell Hardwick to place his trust in the experts' response to COVID-19 otherwise his negativity could 'derail the Tigers' season'.
The AFL world is in shock over another sad marriage split after Damien Hardwick separated from wife Danielle
Hardwick and Danielle are pictured at a birthday celebration
In a media conference immediately after the Tigers' premiership win over Geelong, Hardwick admitted his attitude had been wrong and it took words from the club's leaders to turn him around.
As the revelations of his affair and family turmoil throughout last year continue to emerge, Tigers fans are wondering how on earth he managed to bring home the flag - or how Geelong could lose it.
Hardwick - a three-time premiership coach with the Tigers - allegedly split with his wife last month.
Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun rolled out the scandal on Monday afternoon, claiming 'the relationship has rocked staff within the club and could affect the playing group'.